JOHANNESBURG - The department of economic development, trade and industry on Monday held up a thriving Limpopo crocodile farmer as a shining example of its efforts to transform the aquaculture sector in South Africa.
William Molekoa, whose Mookgophong-based company Crocodile Farming received R1.8 million from the department's Aquaculture Development and Enhancement Programme (ADEP), is believed to be Limpopo's only black crocodile farmer and one of a few in the country.
ADEP aims to stimulate investment in the sector by developing emerging agriculture farmers, increasing production, creating job opportunities and promoting the industry's geographical spread.
Since ADEP's launch in 2013, 104 projects have received about R2 billion, leading to more than 2 000 jobs being created and sustained to date. Of these, 23 were black-owned.
"Molekoa and the more than a thousand crocodiles basking lazily in the winter sun next to his dams, bear testimony to the small but significantly positive steps that the (department) has taken to change the face of the lucrative crocodile sector in South Africa," it said on Monday.